Vertical Aerospace’s VX4 eVTOL aircraft could be flying in Turkey by the middle of this decade — that’s if the deal between global aircraft lessor Avolon and Turkish aviation group Gözen Holding comes to fruition. The company announced this week that Avolon has placed up to 100 of Vertical’s eVTOL aircraft with Gözen.
“We are delighted that Turkey has been added to the global destinations where the VX4 will fly,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of Vertical, in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming Gözen into the Vertical family and continue to celebrate our growing partnership with Avolon.”
This latest deal means Avolon has now exceeded its initial order book from Vertical, placing 550 units with various international airlines and aviation companies around the world.
The company had pre-ordered 500 eVTOL aircraft from Vertical nine months ago, and Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, said the company plans to “continue working with other partners that want to purchase or lease the VX4 in order to fully size the potential market and demand for this aircraft.”
In addition to Gözen Holding, Avolon had previously placed 250 aircraft with Gol and Grupo Comporte in Brazil, up to 100 with Japan Airlines, and at least 100 with AirAsia. Air Greenland also showed interest in purchasing or leasing a number of aircraft in the future.
The eVTOL developer has also secured pre-orders from a range of aerospace companies, including American Airlines, Bristow and Iberojet, which includes conditional pre-order options from Virgin Atlantic and Marubeni.
If these orders are finalized, Vertical’s eVTOL aircraft could be flying in various regions around the world by the middle of this decade. The company expects to receive type certification in 2024.
As for progress on its air taxi development, the U.K. company said it is in the later build stages for the VX4 aircraft and plans to start its full flight test program later this year.
The company is working with Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, Microsoft, GKN, Leonardo, and Solvay to develop its four-passenger aircraft. The VX4 is targeting top speeds of 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour), and a range of 100 miles (161 kilometers).